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Internet pornography is an urgent public health issue, conference hears

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4475 (Published 07 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4475
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1Manchester

UK public health professionals must fight the harm being done by internet pornography and the media’s “sexualisation” of youngsters, a US expert has warned.

Pamela Luna, a governing councillor of the American Public Health Association, appealed for urgent action by counterparts at the UK Faculty of Public Health’s annual conference. She said, “I feel we have left our kids vulnerable; as adults we’ve missed something, which is what is happening in the media.” Public health doctors needed to tackle the problem as a top priority, she said.

Luna was speaking in a debate in Manchester on 2 July that followed a screening of five films by the faculty’s public health film specialist interest group. These films …

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